Tashkent hosts "Sport World Uzbekistan" and" World of Childhood" exhibition
Two specialized exhibitions, the «Sport World Uzbekistan-2014" (sports equipment, accessories and sportswear) and the "World of Childhood 2014" (goods and services for children and adolescents) will be held from November 19 to 21, 2014 at "Uzexpocentre" complex.
Note that the development of physical culture and sport is now one of the priorities of social policy. Decrees of the President Islam Karimov "On establishment of the Development Fund for Children's Sport" dated October 24, 2002, and "On measures to Improve the Development Fund of Children's Sport" dated August 29, 2004 for the industries are important policy documents.
Carried out on the initiative of President Islam Karimov consistent, systematic and comprehensive work serves as an important factor not only for the dynamic development of sport, education of harmoniously developed generation of a healthy lifestyle, but also to create new jobs, increase employment, providing sports facilities on-site with quality and affordable sports equipment of domestic production.
The exhibition «Sport World Uzbekistan-2014" attended by over 30 companies and firms, including manufacturers of sports equipment and inventory from all regions of the country.
The section demonstrates various training simulators as well as sports inventories and equipment for such sports as football, basketball, volleyball, handball, tennis, table tennis, badminton, gymnastics, boxing, wrestling, athletics, arm wrestling, cycling, chess and so on.
The exhibition "World of Childhood -2014" represents to visitors qualitative goods for children and adolescents, including children's furniture, toys, educational games, sanitary facilities, clothing and footwear, children's literature, and other goods and services.
One of the biggest sections of the exhibition "Children's Literature" presents a wide range of children's educational and methodical literature published by famous publishing and printing houses of the republic.
UZPRODEXPO - 2014
IA "Jahon" -From November 26 to 28, 2014, "Uzexpocentre" will host X International exhibition of food industry and food "UZPRODEXPO - 2014".
Official support for the activities provided by the Ministry of Agriculture and Water Resources of Uzbekistan, Tashkent city administration, the Chamber of Commerce, the Council of farmers, Livestock Producers Association and the Association of the food industry, reports the organizerof the event IEG Uzbekistan.
This year, the number of international exhibitors presenting their products in the food sector is increasing, that proves their growing interest in the food market of Uzbekistan.
So, for the first time at the exhibition, visitors can see the products of Ltd. Green Tree Distribution- instant noodles "Doshirak" and fast food flakes - "Uvelka". Ltd. Premium Trade Group- representatives of German confectionery company will represent the highest quality confectionery - Haribo. Among the participants will be also Spanish company "Urzante" which offers Mediterranean olive oils, Russian agricultural holding company specializing in the production of oil and fat products and others.
In addition, the company Technogel SPA of Italy will present machinery and equipment for industrial and manufacturing of soft ice cream. Russian company "Selkhozlider" show mini-plants for processing of milk, meat and production of bakery products. Confectionery from Iran will present a private enterprise "Jalalov" and demonstrate clearly the work of the oven for making bakery products.
Uzbekistan in the TOP 30 of the World Giving Index
Charity Aid Foundation on November 18 presented the fifth edition of the World Giving Index, according to which Uzbekistan ranked 28th among the countries included into list.
Charities Aid Foundation (CAF) today is a leading international charity registered in the United Kingdom, with nine offices covering six continents
The World Giving Index 2014 includes data from 135 countries across the globe that was collected throughout the calendar year of 2013.
Hereby, the World Giving Index relies on a simple averaging of the responses from the three key questions asked in each country:
- Donated money to a charity?
- Volunteered your time to an organisation?
- Helped a stranger, or someone you didn’t know who needed help?
Taking into account all three factors Uzbekistan was ranked 28th. At the same time, on the basis of volunteered work, Uzbekistan has been included into TOP 10, and ranked 4th, after Sri Lanka. Such positive result was achieved due to a culture of ‘subbotnik’, the giving up of a Saturday to volunteer or perform unpaid labor.
This year, the United States is the only country to be ranked in the Top 10 for all three of the charitable giving behaviours covered by the World Giving Index: helping a stranger (1st), volunteering time (joint 5th) and donating money (9th). This performance is reflected in a further rise in the country’s overall World Giving Index, from a score of 61% last year to 64% this year.
Whilst America’s strong performance across all forms of giving contributes to its top ranking, Myanmar’s position is driven primarily by an incredibly high proportion of people donating money (91%). This reflects the strong Theravada Buddhist community within Myanmar, with its estimated 500,000 monks (the highest proportion of monks to population of any Buddhist country) receiving support from lay devotees.
Only five of the countries in this year’s World Giving Index Top 20 are members of the G20, a group representing the world’s largest economies. Indeed, eleven G20 countries are ranked outside of the Top 50, and three of these are even outside the Top 100. Of the fifteen countries showing the largest increase between their 2013 giving score and their five-year average score, only one is classified as a high income country by the World Bank, clearly demonstrating the greater potential for growth in nascent markets.
The share of women in the list of candidates for 2014 elections made up 31.8%
The Republican press centre on the coverage of the elections of 2014 held a "round table" on the theme "Participation of women in the electoral process".
During the event, it was noted that liberalization and modernization of all spheres of public life has established electoral system that meets the highest democratic standards.
Uzbekistan today has all necessary conditions for women to use their potential in the development of the state and society. Our country has acceded to more than 70 international documents and the founding treaties of the United Nations in the field of human rights concerning the rights and freedoms of women. So, the Republic of Uzbekistan ratified the UN Convention “On the elimination of all forms of discrimination against women", and also acceded to the Convention “On the political rights of women”, Convention of the International labour organization "On protection of motherhood" and "Concerning discrimination in respect of employment and occupation".
If by results of the elections to the Oliy Majlis of the Republic of Uzbekistan, held in 1999, the representation of women was 7%, by 2005 this figure rose to 16%. After the elections to the bicameral parliament in 2009 in the lower house of Parliament, women accounted for 22% of the total number of deputies. This year this figure has reached 31.8%.
Election Campaigning Kicks off in Uzbekistan
The Republican Press Center for the coverage of elections 2014 has played host to a press conference of the Central Election Commission of the Republic of Uzbekistan for local and foreign journalists.
Chairman of the Central Election Commission Mirza-Ulughbek Abdusalomov informed the media representatives that the Commission had gathered for a regular meeting, whereby the CEC members adopted resolutions on the registration of candidates for deputies to the Legislative Chamber of Uzbekistan’s Oliy Majlis and one on the order of conducting election campaigning.
It was noted at the pres conference that all the political parties have held their congresses and conferences within time frames established by the law, where they announced candidates to run for membership of the lower house of parliament. In accordance with Article 24 of the Law on Elections to the Oliy Majlis of the Republic of Uzbekistan, the Central Election Commission has accepted applications from leaders of political parties requesting registration of candidates for deputyship and the required document attached to applications.
In order to organize inspection of the documents presented by political parties within the seven-day period established by the law, a workgroup was set up that was composed of members and other officials of the Central Election Commission. In the process of examination of documents of candidates for deputies, issues under consideration were those concerning the nomination of candidates for deputyship by the supreme body of the political party, nomination of one candidate each from one electoral district, as well as the compliance of candidates for lower house membership with the requirements stipulated by the law to them.
It was stressed during the press conference that all the efforts to nominate candidates for deputies of the Legislative Chamber of the Oliy Majlis by political parties have been undertaken in strict adherence to the requirements of the electoral legislation.
Along with this, under Article 22 of the Law on Elections to the Oliy Majlis of the Republic of Uzbekistan, a special significance was attached to the compliance with the norm of the law that envisages that women should account for at least 30 percent from the total number of candidates nominated from political parties for deputyship. Thus, female candidates make up 31.8 percent of the registered nominees.
In addition, among the candidates for membership of the lower house of parliament, representatives of education sector account for 26.5 percent, 20.2 percent come from the production sphere, economists make up 20.8 percent, the share of lawyers reaches 14.2 percent, while another 10.1 percent goes to healthcare workers. All of them hold higher education and wield extensive life experience. 21.7 percent of nominees for lawmakers hold doctoral degrees. 13.8 percent of the total number of candidates has been elected deputies earlier.
Thus, in line with Article 26 of the Law on Elections to the Oliy Majlis of the Republic of Uzbekistan, registration of candidates for deputies has been complete within time frames established by the law.
Under the requirements of the electoral legislation, lists of candidates registered by the Central Election Commission for membership of the Legislative Chamber of the Oliy Majlis are to be published in the press with indication of family names, first names, middle names, year of birth, party membership, posts they hold, place of work and residence of every candidate for lawmakers, along with the political party that nominated them.
It was said at the press conference that following the registration of candidates for deputies, an important stage of the electoral process has been launched, namely, the election campaigning, which is conducted on the basis of requirements of electoral legislation.
Organizational-normative mechanisms are created in our country that facilitate effective use of all forms and methods of election campaigning. In accordance with the Law on Elections to the Oliy Majlis of the Republic of Uzbekistan and the Regulations on the Order of Use of Mass Media by the Candidates for Deputies and Political Parties When Conducting Election Campaigning for Elections to the Legislative Chamber of the Oliy Majlis of the Republic of Uzbekistan, nominees for deputies and political parties are entitled the equal rights to make use of mass media. In order to secure equal conditions in using the mass media for candidates for lawmakers and political parties during the election campaigning, ensure the rights of political parties to announce programs of their prospective activities, the Central Election Commission issued a resolution that defines the alphabetic order of their appearance in mass media.
They will be offered all the necessary conditions for meeting with their electorate. In line with latest amendments introduced to the electoral legislation, assemblies of voters are held by political parties on their own.
It was underscored at the press conference that the creation of equal and extensive opportunities for all candidates for deputyship and political parties for their fair and open electoral struggle will allow for securing a sound competition built on political pluralism.
As it was pointed out, the interest to the forthcoming elections to the Uzbek parliament has been rising worldwide. To date, many officials of international organizations and a number of foreign nations have confirmed their participation in international observer mission. In addition, the Central Election Commission has accredited more than 300 representatives of foreign and local mass media for the coverage of elections.
Political parties - in process of modernization of state and society.
An international round table on the topic: “Political parties and elections: international practice and experience of Uzbekistan” was held in Tashkent. The event was organized by the Independent Institute for Monitoring the Formation of Civil Society and the Central Election Commission of the Republic of Uzbekistan.
The forum brought together scientists and experts from France, Germany, the United States, the Republic of Korea, representatives of the OSCE, UNESCO, the National Democratic Institute (USA), the Friedrich Ebert Foundation (Germany), along with deputies of the Legislative Chamber of Uzbekistan’s Oliy Majlis, members of the Central Election Commission, representatives of research and education institutions, political parties, public organizations and others.
Some foreign participants of the roundtable were interviewed by correspondent of IA "Jahon".
Erica Breth, director of America’s National Democratic Institute office in Uzbekistan:
- Each nation has its own traditions and peculiarities, which form the basis of its political system. Uzbekistan has its own experience of democracy building. In my opinion, the main thing is to observe the order and the preservation of stability that demonstrates your country.
Making the Central Election Commission of Uzbekistan status of a permanent, independent constitutional body will further strengthen the independence of the Central Executive Committee and ensuring holding of elections, without the intervention of any other public authorities.
It should be emphasized that there is significantly increased socio-political activity of parties and healthy inter-party competition in the country.
Emmanuel Dupuy, President of the Institute for Prospective and Security Studies in Europe (France):
- Efforts applied in your country to improve political culture of the electorate, level of public awareness about the campaign and electoral legislation, strengthening the role of public institutions in education are important elements of democratic development.
Current event provided an opportunity to delve deeper into the political processes taking place in Uzbekistan, to get acquainted with foreign experience to improve the electoral system, political parties participating in the elections, use of modern information and communication technologies in the course of the campaign.
Professor Jun Young Choi of the department of political science and international relations at the Inha University of the Republic of Korea
- First of all, I want to highlight the importance of the recent changes and additions made to the electoral legislation of the Republic of Uzbekistan, which are aimed to create equal conditions for candidates, political parties during the election campaign and ensure truly democratic, open, free and transparent elections.